TULLAHOMA, Tennessee – May 2015- Eighty-nine year old Harold E. Harlow, now a resident of Morning Pointe of Tullahoma Assisted Living remembers clearly his time in the Army Air Corp. It was 1943-1946. He was only 19 years old when he volunteered. After failing the exam for the U.S. Navy because of some minor color blind challenges, he didn’t give up and instead tried to enroll in the U.S. Army. “I ate lots of carrots and got ready for the test,” explains Harlow. “I memorized the charts, went back and passed. My color blindness was not that bad.”
After six months of training, Harlow a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky was sent to Guam where he was a central fire control specialist and worked on B29’s. Harlow made sure the guns and the remote control turrents were working correctly. Part of his job with the armament department involved loading bombs. “We had a number of bombs some as large as 1000 pounds,” explains Harlow. “The main bombs we used were 500 pounds. If you drop a 500 bomb; it is exciting,” jokes Harlow.
He explained how the huge bombs were carefully rolled out, cradle wires attached and then the crew would crank it up for placement in the planes. “Big cargo planes would land on our base,” says Harlow, “and every time one of those planes hit the ground the military police were around it.” Harlow helped load key bomb parts into crates so they could be placed on those big planes. “We had no idea exactly, but we knew something was going on,” explains Harlow. And, while he still doesn’t know for sure to this day, he believes like many after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, that he may have helped load some of the key parts used in making the atomic bomb that ended the war.
As he recalls his military service today, Harlow says it still means a lot. “It means more to me, especially when I think about all of the guys that were killed,” says Harlow. “I didn’t do anything outstanding. All of us were a part of it. It didn’t matter if you were sweeping floors, you were doing your job.” While Harlow recognizes it was a different time, when he looks at the world’s challenges today, he still believes action is what needs to happen. “Memorial Day means we should all think about the sacrifices of all of the people that have given
their lives to try and keep this country out of trouble,” shares Harlow. “I don’t agree with wars, but I do agree it’s better than rolling over and playing dead. If there are threats to our country we should step up.”
Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, develops and manages 24 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and Lantern Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states including locations in Columbia, Brentwood and Franklin, TN. IHP was founded in 1996 by regional healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com